Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | ePaper
Tighten up, Emery warns leaky Arsenal
Unai Emery has warned his Arsenal stars to fix their leaky defence in time for Sunday's Premier League clash against Everton.
Emery's side extended their winning run to four matches in all competitions with a 4-2 victory over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Gunners raced into a four-goal lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double and strikes from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil.
But Emery was furious that Arsenal switched off in the closing stages to allow minnows Vorskla to score twice.
It was the latest in a long line of defensive disappointments for Arsenal, who have failed to keep a clean-sheet in any of Emery's six matches in charge.
Arsenal have endured difficulties at the back for years as Emery's predecessor Arsene Wenger struggled to find the right players to man his defence.
Emery has made changes of his own, giving a debut to goalkeeper Bernd Leno in midweek in place of Petr Cech, while central defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos arrived in pre-season from Borussia Dortmund.
So far that quick-fix plan hasn't worked, so Emery has called on his team to show some steel and learn from their mistakes.
"It's our disappointment. Little by little, we are conceding a few chances to the opposition, the same like in Newcastle," Emery said.